What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives

What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives

by Ann Sloan Devlin
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What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives by Ann Sloan Devlin

What Americans Build and Why examines five areas of Americans' built environment: houses, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and shopping environments. Synthesizing information from both academic journals and the popular press, the book looks at the relationships of size and scale to the way Americans live their lives and how their way of life is fundamentally shaped by the highway system, cheap land, and incentives. This book is timely because although Americans say they crave community, they continue to construct buildings, such as McMansions and big box stores, that make creating community a challenge. Furthermore, in many ways the movement toward teleworking, discussed in the chapter on office environments, also challenges the traditional place-based formation of community. Although focused on the United States, the book also includes reference to other parts of the world, especially regarding the retail environment.

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ISBN-13: 9780521734356
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2010
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ann Sloan Devlin is the May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor of Psychology and College Marshal at Connecticut College. She has taught at Connecticut College since 1973 and has received the John S. King Faculty Teaching Award (2006) and the Student Government Association Excellence in Teaching Award (1991). In the spring of 2009, she taught at the Pantheon Institute in Rome in a Study Away Teach Away (SATA) program sponsored by Connecticut College. While in Rome, she gave an invited seminar at La Sapienza (University of Rome). She is on the editorial review board of the journal Environment and Behavior and has been a Board Member and Secretary of the Environmental Design Research Association. She is a Fellow of Division 34, Population and Environmental Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She has two previous books: Mind and Maze: Spatial Cognition and Environmental Behavior (2001) and Research Methods: Planning, Conducting, and Presenting Research (2006). Her articles appear in journals such as Environment and Behavior, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Proceedings.

Table of Contents

1. The landscape of housing: suburbia, new urbanism, and McMansions; 2. The landscape of health care: high tech and humanistic; 3. The landscape of schools: big schools, small schools; 4. The landscape of work: visible or virtual?; 5. The landscape of retail: big box and main street; Closing comments.

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HistoryBuffDB More than 1 year ago
Most of us see the buildings around us but have not taken the time to enjoy the cultural and personal history or reason of their existence. This book takes a practical and well researched look at some of the structures we have all experience that affect us most. Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” and this book brings his comment to life. It’s a fun book to read because we can easily identify with the authors perspectives. Twin Falls Historic Preservation Commission